News & Notes From Around Pio Nation

(above) DU alum Scott McConnell is back coaching in the USHL

DU Alum Peter Mannino has been bouncing between the Chicago Wolves (AHL) and Atlanta Thrashers (NHL) this season due to the "Ondrej Pavalec Situation." Yesterday the Thrashers recalled Mannino from the Wolves and reassigned goaltender Pavelec to the Wolves for a conditioning stint. Mannino, 26, was recently with the Thrashers for a six game stretch (Oct. 12 to Oct. 23) and competed against the Tampa Bay Lightning (Oct. 22), finishing with 15 saves. He gave up one goal in 38 minutes of action.
Three DU recruits gave been named to play in the World Junior A Challange in November in British Columbia. Forward Garrett Allen and defenseman Scott Mayfield both made the Team USA roster. Defenseman Joey Laleggia made the Canada West Team for the same tourney.
The Chicago Steel have added DU Alum Scott McConnell as an assistant coach for the staff under first-year head coach Jon Waibel. It marks the return of McConnell to the USHL where he has both previously spent time as a coach and as a player.
Gabe Gauthier has been signed by the Syracuse Crunch of the AHL. He was brought in to provide offense for the Crunch. Gauthier, 26, didn't even have a hockey job until a couple of weeks ago. He was a free agent with nothing cooking until Victoria called. He was home in Denver, stocking shelves at Costco for $11 an hour. Gauthier, who has a wife and a 15-month-old daughter, had the morning shift, starting at 4:30 a.m.


dggoddard said...

Gabe had a huge 16 game playoff run least season in the AHL scoring 7 goals. He only scored 8 goals in the regular season.

He obviously felt that the LA Kings had given up on him. Now he's with Anaheim and lets hope he can hold on with Syracuse.

Anonymous said...

Good luck to Gabe! It's too bad that his hockey fortunes turned for the worse. Hopefully he can take advantage of this opportunity.